ESPN Networks to Telecast Classic Games on November 19-20, 2012
Thursday, December 7, 2011
BROOKLYN – Barclays Center continues to bring major college basketball to Brooklyn, as it will host the Legends Classic on November 19-20, 2012.
Produced by the Gazelle Group, the tournament will be in its 6th year and will be telecast on the ESPN networks. The tournament field will be announced in the spring of 2012.
"The Legends Classic has consistently produced great match-ups and exciting tournaments and we are excited to bring it to Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "We are looking forward to having ESPN telecast the games and propel Barclays Center and Brooklyn into the national spotlight for college basketball fans. The Legends Classic furthers our commitment to make Barclays Center a significant national collegiate sports venue."
"We are excited to bring the Legends Classic to Barclays Center," said Gazelle Group president Rick Giles. "In five short years the Legends Classic has made an undeniable mark on the college basketball landscape and has produced many memorable moments. We look forward to enhancing the event and creating even more memorable moments in Brooklyn."
Past champions of the Legends Classic include Vanderbilt (2011), Syracuse (2010), Florida (2009), Pittsburgh (2008), and Texas (2007). In the first four years of its existence, the Legends Classic featured six teams that went on to advance to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Legends Classic will become part of the expanding BROOKLYN HOOPS college franchise for Barclays Center. Last month, Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced at a press conference that the Wildcats would tip-off against Maryland in the inaugural Barclays Center Classic on November 9, 2012. Long Island University, Morehead State, and Lafayette are the additional three teams included in the tournament.
Other major college basketball programming for Barclays Center includes the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship tournament, and Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, one of the early-season college basketball showcase events.
Currently under construction, Barclays Center will be a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue when it opens in September 2012. Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena.